PA10: DePasquale Defeats Brier in Dem Primary
The general election is finally set for perhaps the most closely watched House race in Pennsylvania in 2020.
Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Democratic Auditor General, has won the Democratic primary for the 10th Congressional District.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) June 5, 2020
Although DePasquale entered the primary as the heavy favorite against Brier, who was making his first run for office, this race turned out to be a closer call for what has been described as the Democrats “dream candidate” than previously expected. DePasquale was even named in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s first round of challengers in their “highly competitive” red to blue program and remains the lone Pennsylvania candidate in the DCCC program.
DePasquale carried endorsements from a bevy of local Democratic elected officials in the district, plus Gov. Tom Wolf, various labor unions, and the Blue Dog PAC, while Brier embraced a more progressive agenda in the race by promoting the Green New Deal and more.
As of the final FEC filing report prior to the primary, DePasquale raised $1.1 million in the election cycle-to-date, while Brier raised just over $590,000 in the election cycle-to-date.
DePasquale will now take on Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in November. Perry, who is currently serving his fourth term in Congress, edged out Democrat George Scott by just over 2.5 points in 2018 in the newly drawn district with boundaries that voted for President Donald Trump by 10 points in 2016. Perry’s latest bid was his closest victory since being voted into Congress in 2012 in the old conservative 4th District.
The Cook Political Report has this as the lone Congressional race in the state as a Toss-Up.